the snow angel

  [vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"]"The train came out of the long tunnel and into snow country" ~ Yukiguni (Yasunari Kawabata)   It was the opening line of the epic novel by Kawabata. And that's exactly the chilling narration that I heard playing inside my head as our cable car...

anhui, anyway, anyhow.

shanghai to huangshan by bus Few minutes away to what we felt like an impending hypothermic shock, the Bus terminal gates opened sucking the pool of shivering passengers inwards like a fast filling vacuum hole. Sleepless, cold and hungry, we scanned through the schedule grid as fast as...

blue christmas in shanghai

By: Ron Cruz getting out of pudong airport Christmas day. Cruising at 490 kn and 10,000 miles above sea level, in what appears like an aircraft filled with Chinese passengers with huge possibility that I am the only one celebrating this holiday. While trying to make sense out of the bad Christmas dinner...

my last day in china

I was browsing  through some old knickknacks from my trips three years ago. I stumbled-upon some unpublished images that deserve to be posted and shared. My last day in China was pleasantly extended due to the global delay of flights in view of the volcanic eruption...

A Guide to Far East Cruises

The Far East encompasses a number of countries that are absolutely packed with interesting attractions and thrilling cultures which travellers can immerse themselves in while on holiday. If you want to be able to experience many of these countries all at once, a Far East...

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The void that I feel when I walk aimless and uninspired, is the same hollow spot that aches when I'm broken. After waking up from the warm comforts of my hostel room, I took my jacket and wrapped the layers of clothing to break the cold...

Rong, Ronald and Noodles (Shanghai part 1)

I arrived in Shanghai at noon with a sunshine attenuated by the freezing air and overpowered by the bustling crowd of platform 11. I was carrying my 60 L backpack and my day pack, plus big boxes of Aunt Xi Ling--whom by the way, I...

Shanghai – the old and the new

Shanghai is where China first met the west. Since then, it’s galloped off at a pace that the rest of the world is finding hard to keep up with. This bustling, thriving and ever growing metropolis is at the forefront of technology – the city...

Hello Stranger (Part 2): Beijing, China

Meeting random people on the road is an easy thing to do, but getting a more intimate connection is a social skill I can only possess under the influence of alcohol. I guess that's what they call "FUH-LIRTING!" "Hi are you blind?" "No!" "can you see me?" "Yes!" "...

the forbidden palace and the rocket scientist

It was my last day in Beijing and my train ticket back to Shanghai is my last rope and if I miss it, I should consider looking for a day job to earn for an airfare back home. With limited time and budget, my dream of...